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Old 02-08-12, 04:52 PM   #26
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We have lots of paved roads along the beach, but, you know, that's the ocean, not the mountains. I'll probably do Deception Pass this month, though, because it's a bit lower elevation, like you say. My last serious girlfriend hated that I love mountains so much and can't muster a lot of interest in the ocean. It's like a really big lake...

Where will your next mountain trip be?

Have you done the back side of Yosemite, like from Tioga Pass to Mono Lake? The scenery is fantastic, and Lee Vinning Canyon seems like it would be a fantastic descent.
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Where will your next mountain trip be?

Have you done the back side of Yosemite, like from Tioga Pass to Mono Lake? The scenery is fantastic, and seems like it would be a fantastic descent.
Who are you writing... do you hate that person????
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This looks like the descent is made out of 100 % Grade A fun to me.



Looks a bit like Mount Cashmere in front of the Stuart Range, in the Wenatchee Mountains. I'm not entirely convinced by this east/dry side of the mountains idea, but it has promise.
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I would love to ride DOWN that!!!
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Where will your next mountain trip be?

Have you done the back side of Yosemite, like from Tioga Pass to Mono Lake? The scenery is fantastic, and Lee Vinning Canyon seems like it would be a fantastic descent.
Not yet. This summer I plan on climbing Ebbetts Pass on my Bike Friday. Ebbetts is part of the Death Ride.

I also plan on climbing the long side of Kingsbury Grade.

Next week will be another mtb ride. In the summer I plan on doing some mtb'ing on the trails in Tahoe City that I used to love so much.
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Sweet videos and pics! With how steep some of those dropoffs are, I'd be a little worried to be clipped and falling to the left as well.

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This looks like the descent is made out of 100 % Grade A fun to me.

I have to assume you have never driven Tioga Pass. It's a very scary, very steep, narrow two lane road frequent by motorhomes and cars going way too fast... I don't even like to drive it and if you take one wrong turn; too fast etc, you be dead. I actually think bicycles are not allowed... forget the roadie stuff... way too much great mountain biking in the area instead.
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I have to assume you have never driven Tioga Pass.
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LOL! When I mountain biked regularly in the early 90s, nothing was more frustrating to me than being dropped on climbs by riders who smoked marijuana. Last time I checked, inhaling any kind of smoke was not good for the lungs, and you need good lungs to climb hills, right?

Rest assured, I will never fit that stereotype of mountain bikers. I refuse to even be around any kind of secondhand smoke, let alone smoke anything myself.

Well, Photobucket was "nice" enough to send me a warning telling me that I'm 3 GB away from reaching some 10 GB monthly bandwidth limit, which I had no idea even existed. So, if the pictures suddenly become unviewable please let me know and I will create another account on another photo hosting service and move them all over there. I deleted a ton of pictures that had nothing to do with cycling or good scenery, so hopefully that will help.

Last week the owner of my favorite LBS gave me a business card and asked me to email him the link to my videos, so of course I gladly obliged. I wanted to make sure he got the email okay, so when I went in there yesterday to pick up a Camelbak and a big bottle of chain lube I found him and let him know about the latest mtb purchase and video, which he enjoyed. He said he loved the road ride video I posted the week before.

After watching the MTB video, he and another employee said they need to start carrying the GoPro cameras.

I have always received good deals and breaks from them when purchasing bikes, but for some reason that didn't happen when I bought my mountain bike and all the accessories. When I mentioned that to him, he told an employee to make sure I received the team discount. That dropped the price of the chain lube from $16 to $12, and the Camelbak from $58 to $48, which is a much better deal than REI's price of $65. I got a gray and black one, not the bright yellow one you see in REI's pic.

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Are you about to get sponsored, Freighttraininguphill?
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LOL! Funny you should mention that. When I did a season of MTB racing in 1993, the owner of that same LBS made sure I got the team discount on every purchase. He also gave me a team jersey to wear in races.

When I told him what trail I planned on riding this weekend, he asked me if I was going to do a race that was coming up. I told him I didn't know if I would ever return to racing (after all, I do like to suffer on my own terms! ).
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Well, since you have experience in this sort of thing, you should get a sponsorship from these guys. If hill climbing in California is too warm for the stuff they make, you could always send it to your friend in Seattle.
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I beat Photobucket to the punch! I created a Flickr account and changed the links in this thread to those pics instead. No more worries about bandwidth limits. I checked my Photobucket account status again yesterday and it had changed from yellow to red, so I was getting dangerously close to that stupid limit.
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